16. PEACE, JUSTICE AND STRONG INSTITUTIONS

16. PEACE, JUSTICE AND STRONG INSTITUTIONS

Peace, justice, human rights, and effective and strong institutions based on the rule of law are paramount for sustainable development.

Bolivia has not experienced a serious violent conflict during the last decade, but according to the recently released SDG Index and Dashboards Report 2018, SDG 16 is in a critical condition in Bolivia, with a score of 47 out of 100 (the second lowest of the 17 SDGs in Bolivia). The problems that pull down the score are: i) relatively high homicide rates (12.4 per 100,000 population), ii) a majority of the population feeling unsafe walking alone at night in their neighbourhood, iii) low government efficiency (score 2.7 out of 7), iv) insecure property rights (score 2.9 out of 7), v) high corruption, and vi) widespread child labour1.

Strengthening the independence of the justice system is important in order to secure justice and safety for everybody.